Glad to hear that the plight is over. Now the recovery begins. Take it slow and be prepared for little ups and downs that all of us have gone through. Get your iron levels checked as soon as possible. My surgeon told me I might be a little anemic (from the surgery) during my post-op office visit and he was right. This is a big learning experience but it sounds like your doing great.
Wow - amazing progress! Thanks for the updates, Mindy and Steve. That is wonderful news...many prayers answered. Tell him to keep up the good work and we will keep the prayers coming for him and for all of you!
Thanks for the updates! All our prayers have been answered!
We will keep checking the journal, instead of calling. You all have enough on your plates for now.
Our prayers will continue until we see Mike's smilimg face again.
Dick & Susie
Thanks for the scoop Mindy! I knew he would do well. He's too ornery not to! We are all keeping tabs on his progress here at Republic. Give him our best and tell Karen we are thinking of her as well. Tracy Kinkade
Thanks for taking the load off Karen. Tell Mike Rotary went well today. Jim O'Bold read your latest update on Mike. John Himmelheber won the pot today for $91.50. He was very excited. He found a $5bill picking up trash today and bought his ticket with it.
We are all praying for Mike's speedy recovery.
John & Jan Baer
What a wonderful report from the OR surgeons and staff! I'm sending everyone positive thoughts and prayers and hoping Mike had a good night without complication!! Here's to a Healthy & Happy & Safe New Year!
My wishes for Mike and a steady recovery. Before you know it he will be home sleeping in his own bed. First few days are tough but the CICU nurses will ensure that recovery starts out on a positive note.
We will be there and give you all the emotional and mental support that we have to give. It will be over soon and you will be on the road to recovery and back to the things that you love to do. See you in the morning!
The waiting is agony. It may not be much consolation but I appreciate and remember the anxiety of waiting. That was the hardest part for the people around me because I nearly drove them crazy! I remember the day after surgery I was so relieved to be through it that for a short time the pain and discomfort did not seem to matter.
Time and patience have been my two biggest teachers in this journey.
Stay distracted and believe that you will get through this.
I wish you peace and positive energy.
The waiting is worse than the surgery! Pity the poor guys in Canada, Ireland, and Australia who've written in that they have to wait 3 months to a year! My diagnosis was also aortic stenosis, but,hearing about your additional problem with aneurisms was scary. I'll bet you're really glad you didn't go scuba diving!
Very best of luck to you. Jan 4 is a lucky day, anyway. My brother, niece, and granddaughter were all born that day, and they're terrific people. At least with the holidays intervening there'll be some excitement to take your mind off things.
Speedy recovery and best of luck.
Mike and Karen,
Don't waste any time with worry on the what ifs.
Treasure each here and now.
Delight in each other today and every day.
Enjoy one another's presence.
Slow dance, hug and kiss daily.
Besides God's love, there is no better healing than love and laughter with family.
Laugh often. Lift up your worries to God. Trust that He'll take care of all the details.
In our prayers,
Kara & Rosie Mitchell
The waiting is brutal for everyone!
Sounds like your company will be a great distraction. Fill the days with whatever you enjoy...anything to keep your mind off the procedure.
Enjoy your holidays and good luck.
I am sure you will pull through this with flying colors. Try to take comfort in knowing that you caught it before it was too late.
I hope that you and your family enjoy the holidays and I will be thinking of you at the new year!
I am wishing you a speedy recovery. I know that this is not the news you wanted to hear, but it sounds as though you have very competent doctors. Be patient and know that modern medicine is amazing! You'll be fit as a fiddle soon.
I know you must be dissapointed. The wonderful thing about medicine today is that there sre so msny things they can find and fix before they become life threatening. And the human body and spirit has the capacity to overcome a great deal. I know you will come through the surgery fine and be able to enjoy your better health. I have a brother-in-law who had seven baspasses and today you would never know it.
That's a lot to deal with and absorb. I wish you peace with all the deicsions and circumstnaces that have resulted. When this is all behind you, your life will be longer and healthier and even though you will have to take the blood thinners, I guess it's the necessary evil required to have a normal life and not having to worry about this anymore.
I'm really sorry for all the disappointments, but you know you are in good hands and there is much peace in accepting what is best for you.
Warm regards and prayers,
Try to focus on the end result of your surgery not the details of anticipating and enduring it. You will be a new man after you heal and able to do all the things you desire. Although I got a bovine mitral valve and tricuspid repair, I am on coumadin and have been for 15 years due to a-fib (irregular heart beat). I have my own home testing machine and I have been able to do what I want to do without concern. Usually we as patients, get to choose our valve but in your case seems you have to defer to your surgeon. Between the two of you, the wisest choice will be made. Stay positive.